Enterprise Town Expo: Showcase for Newcastle West business and community

Norma Prendiville


Norma Prendiville

Seamus Hennessy will quiz  businessman and broadcaster Bobby Kerr at Enterprise Town Expo  this Friday

Seamus Hennessy will quiz businessman and broadcaster Bobby Kerr at Enterprise Town Expo this Friday

THE tables will be turned on broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr when he arrives in Newcastle West this Friday evening for the Enterprise Town Expo.

Instead of being the man asking the questions, as he did on Dragon’s Den and does every week on Newstalk, Bobby Kerr will be under the spotlight himself  answering questions put to him by Newcastle West broadcaster and businessman, Seamus Hennessy.

“I am very much looking forward to it,” Mr Hennessy said in advance of the interview, dubbed as a Fireside Chat  which will take place in Desmond College at 7.20pm.

“Bobby Kerr is a man of great charm and charisma and has built up a high profile among Irish audiences for his straight talking as well as his business acumen,” he continued.

And he was confident Mr Kerr would have valuable tips for business people from Newcastle West and the wider West Limerick area.

“He knows what Irish market towns are like and I will be asking him what a town like Newcastle West needs to do to promote itself. I believe he has a lot of good ideas about business promotion and marketing,” Mr Hennessy said.  “He is also chairman of the Insomnia Coffee Company and I will be asking him how he built the business; what were the vital steps and what, if anything, he might do differently now.”

But Bobby Kerr also has a very personal story to tell and some good life advice to give.  He was diagnosed two years ago with neck and head cancer for which he was successfully treated. But, he stated, before returning to work in early 2016: “I now firmly believe only three things matter in life, health, family and good friends. As long as I have these three things I could start again in the morning and feel I can deal with anything thrown at me.”

“I would hope to draw him out on this,” Mr Hennessy said, “as I believe he could teach us all about a good life/work balance.”

Hopefully, he added, the event would put a bit of bounce in the step of local businesses and companies in the run-up to Christmas.

The Enterprise Town Expo is an initiative of the Bank of Ireland aimed at showcasing business and community activity in the local area. 

Over 80 exhibitors, including businesses and start-up companies, clubs and organisations, will take part in this year’s event to be held in the gym hall of Desmond College, from 6-pm this Friday. The event will be opened by Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan  and there will be lots to see and to enjoy with free entertainment and treats.  Local young entrepreneurs will also have their spot in the  limelight when Bobby Kerr interviews them.

“The local community has embraced this initiative wholeheartedly, and working together we have organised a great programme of activity. The event will be free to attend and is open to all. It is a fantastic opportunity for the community to see the level of enterprise here in Newcastle West.”said Michael Noonan, Bank of Ireland Newcastle West branch manager.